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EFCC urged to enforce Public Procurement Act

ABUJA — A university don, Dr Jacob Meta, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to wake up from its slumber and punish public servants who flout the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 irrespective of their standing in the society.

Meta who teaches criminology at the University of Benin, made the call while addressing newsmen in Abuja. He  said there were many leakages,  which drain scarce resources in the conduct of public affairs and wondered why the EFCC had not extended its drag net to the relevant ministries, departments and government agencies to check abuses.

He said Nigeria could not make any remarkable impact in the fight against corruption if those who contravene the Act in the public service at all levels of government were not exposed and brought to book.

His words: “Nigeria cannot make any remarkable impact in the fight against corruption if those who contravene the Act in the public service at all levels of government are not exposed and brought to book.”

On the recent conviction of a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, Meta said it did not come to him as a surprise, pointing out that many top government officials in ministries and parastatals failed the due process tests and fell foul of the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.


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